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Film "Bidder 70" Screening on April 13
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 9:36pm
On Saturday evening, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. in partnership with students from St. Olaf SustainAbilities and Transition Northfield, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is screening the award-winning film “Bidder 70.”
The film centers on an act of civil disobedience in 2008 by University of Utah student Tim DeChristopher in the name of climate justice. He disrupted a land auction, preventing pristine land adjacent to Canyonlands National Park in Utah from being leased for oil and gas extraction. Registering as Bidder #70, he obtained 14 parcels for $1.8 million. He was removed from the auction by federal agents and taken into custody and questioned. He was indicted on two federal felonies, and in 2011, sentenced to two years in federal prison and will be released in April.
There were two years and nine postponements between De Christopher's arrest and the trial. He continued his activism in that period, co-founding Peaceful Uprising, a grass-routs group encouraging non-violent action in pursuit of defense of climate justice.
Bob Ciernia, one of the planners of the screening says we’re not all call to do what Tim DeChristopher did, but he hopes that the film and the panel discussion following will suggest actions that can be taken on the national, local and personal levels.
The screening will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the corner of West 2nd and Linden Streets.